Samsung's Galaxy Note 20: Specs, release date, price, pre-order

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20: Specs, release date, price, pre-order

After months of speculation and rumors, Samsung’s latest flagship devices have officially launched. The South Korean tech giant has taken off the wraps of the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra in an online event last August 5th.

If you have been following the Galaxy Note 20 rumors, it has painted an excellent picture of these latest flagship devices. Samsung’s Galaxy Note series may not sell as many units as its Galaxy S series, but it’s by far the company’s most reliable offering. Of course, thanks to the amazing integration of its S Pen stylus.

The Galaxy Note 20 will face some serious competition this fall from the new iPhone 12 lineup. However, based on what we’ve seen so far, Samsung is set to deliver some of the best big phones yet. 

Here’s what we know about the latest Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra – specs, release dates, price, and more!

Complete Specs

SpecsGalaxy Note 20Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
Price$999$1,299
Screen size6.7-inches (2400 x 1800)6.9-inches (3088 x 1444)
CPUSnapdragon 865 Plus/Exynos 990Snapdragon 865 Plus/Exynos 990
Screen refresh rate60Hz120Hz
RAM8GB12GB
Storage128GB128GB or 512GB
Camera12MP main, 64MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide108MP main, 12MP telephoto, 12MP ultrawide, laser focus sensor
Battery size4,300 mAh4,500 mAh
5G-capableYesYes
Specs comparison of both Galaxy Note models

Price, Release Date, and Availability

The latest lineup sure does not come cheap. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 has a price tag $999 which features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a tad bit pricier at $1,299 which features 12GB of RAM and 128GB storage. However, you can up your storage to 512GB but will cost you $1,449.

The very posh Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The very posh Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

If can’t wait to get your hands on Samsung’s latest devices, you can pre-order both phones starting on August 6th. And both Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra will be available in stores on August 21.

You can choose to pick up the latest devices from all the major carriers – AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. Also, Xfinity Mobile said that it will offer both phones as well.

Design and Display

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra series – Screen & Display
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra series – Screen & Display

Samsung is promising the brightest and most vivid screen on a smartphone ever. Both Note models feature an AMOLED panel.

The Galaxy Note 20 features a 6.7-inch screen with Full HD resolution. On the other hand, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features a bigger 6.9-inch screen display. The latter also offer a sharper QHD resolution.

Both Note models differ in screen size display and refresh rate
Both Note models differ in screen size display and refresh rate

Both devices do not only differ in screen size but also in refresh rate. You will get a standard 60Hz refresh rate with the Note 20. The Note 20 Ultra, however, has a dynamic 120Hz refresh rate that adjusts depending on what you’re doing in your phone.

Samsung promises the toughest glass in a smartphone yet. Both Note models uses metal and glass but with a new finish material on the back which is designed to minimize the fingerprints and smudges.

The Galaxy Note 20 will be available in three colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Gray, and Mystic Green.

Galaxy Note 20 Ultra color availability
Galaxy Note 20 Ultra color availability

Processor and Storage

Ever wonder what’s under the hood?

Both Note 20 models features the Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (for US models). However, devices that will hit the other markets (outside the U.S.) will use Samsung’s own chips – Exynos 990.

Regardless of the chipset, both phones will be 5G-capable and will work with 5G networks – both sub-6Hz 5G and the higher-speed mmWave-based 5G.

But there’s one disappointing spec…

The Note 20 features 128GB of storage, yes, big enough for ordinary users. However, there’s no slot to expand capacity. If you need and want more storage, you can opt for the more expensive Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

S Pen and its features

Galaxy Note 20 S Pen
Galaxy Note 20 S Pen

The S Pen remains to be Galaxy Note’s highlighted feature. A Galaxy Note wouldn’t be a Galaxy Note without it. Now, Samsung has introduced new features on the S Pen.

You can expect a faster response rate with a shortened S Pen latency to 26ms, while it’s down to 9ms on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Additionally, Samsung has built on last year’s Air Gestures and added new Anywhere actions. New gesture controls let you return to the home screen or earlier apps, among other features.

Cameras, Battery, and Charging

The bigger the better, especially with the battery. The standard Note 20 has a 4,300 mAh battery while the Ultra has a beefy 4,500 mAh battery pack. Both models are also features fast-charging that can charge up to 50% in just 30 minutes.

The Galaxy Note 20 features three rear cameras: 12-megapixel main sensor, 12-megapixel ultra wide camera, and 64-megapixel telephoto lens. That camera’s capable of 3x zoom.

Galaxy Note 20's rear camera setup
Galaxy Note 20’s rear camera setup

And for the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, it features 108-megapixel main camera which help laser autofocus sensor aimed at eliminating focus issues that many previous Samsung devices suffered from. The Note 20 Ultra has additional 12-megapixel ultra wide lens and 12-megapixel telephoto lens that can offer 5x optical zoom.

Leave us a comment on what you think about Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

2 Comments

  1. I like the features, but I don’t like the fact that I can’t expand the memory by adding a memory chip. At this point I’m willing to continue using my Note 10+ because of the expanded memory.

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